Lockerbie (December 21 1988) — Will 2020 be the Year of the Truth?

“Abdul Basset El-Megrahi was framed for mass murder. I hope that in 2020 our application is referred back to the Appeal Court to prove a miscarriage of justice.”

Aamer Anwar –Rector of Glasgow University (December 21 2019)

“I remain optimistic that under the ongoing persistence of people like yourself and so many others 2020 may indeed be the year in which the ancient facade of judicial infallibility will crack open at last. Such a revelation need not bring calumny on the heads of those who were responsible but it must trigger an impartial inquiry into the failure of UK aviation security and of the objectivity of the Crown’s prosecution function in Scotland such that a profound revision of how those systems work be undertaken and a guarantee of full remedial action be honoured.”

Dr Jim Swire — Letter to Intel Today (December 9 2019)

“I regard the Lockerbie verdict against Megrahi as a ‘Grand Monument to Human Stupidity’.  Indeed, the written opinion of the Lockerbie judges is a remarkable document that claims an ‘honoured place in the history of British miscarriages of justice.’ If the [SCCRC] Commission accepts the application for a full review, the infamous Zeist verdict doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving.”

INTEL TODAY — July 5 2017

December 21 2019 — Robert Black – Professor Emeritus of Scots Law in the University of Edinburgh and best known as the “Architect of the Lockerbie Trial” — has written : “The Lockerbie trial is the most disgraceful miscarriage of justice in Scotland for 100 years. Every lawyer who has read the judgment says ‘this is nonsense’. It is nonsense.” Obviously, a few people agree. Most Intel Today readers (91%) believe that the Lockerbie verdict is a spectacular miscarriage of justice. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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After 30 years of fake news, lies, and misrepresentations, 2020 may witness the emergence of a strange new concept: the Truth.

Will 2020 be the year of the Truth? I would like to think so. And there are reasons to hope that it will finally happen.

In a recent document (dated December 9 2019) seen by Intel Today, Gerard Sinclair — the Chief Executive of the SCCRC [Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission] — states that he is hopeful that a final decision will be reached before the end of this financial year, which is the end of March 2020.

Like Professor Black, I am reasonably confident there that the SCCRC will find that there may have been a miscarriage of justice, for the six reasons specified by their predecessors in 2007 and also on at least some of the further additional grounds advanced since then.

Otherwise, I do not believe that the SCCRC would have been conducting such rigorous and lengthy investigations, including outside the UK.

Most Intel Today readers (91%) believe that the Lockerbie verdict is a spectacular miscarriage of justice.

I understand that a similar poll among Scotland lawyers would be even more devastating.

Truth never dies.

We would like to know what you think. Please, take this poll and encourage your friends to participate.

Mandela visiting Megrahi — aka ‘The ‘Lockerbie bomber’ — in prison. Many thanks to my friend John Ashston who took the picture.

 

Game of Thrones: Truth (Season 7 Soundtrack) 

 

REFERENCES

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Poll Result — What do you think about the Lockerbie verdict? (Dec. 21 2018)

Lockerbie 30th Anniversary — What do you think about the Lockerbie verdict? [Poll Result – March 2019]

Lockerbie (December 21 1988) — Will 2020 be the Year of the Truth?

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